The Framework can also be used to explain in an easy to understand way how financial crises happen. For example, by showing how the big Wall Street banks chased greater Return on Equity in the 2000's by upping the leverage (use of debt) of their balance sheets, learners easily see on the BaSIS graphic how the 2008 financial crisis happened. The collapse had a magnified effect on banks' equity - wiping out a massive portion of it - and leaving the banks and the banking system vulnerable.
The Museum's Bubbles and Bankruptcy exhibition features prospectuses and share (stock) certificates from collapsed companies, and notes from failed banks. Even a bottle of champagne (that other kind of bubble) from British bank Northern Rock, whose collapse in 2007 less than ten years after demutualisation caused the first run on a British bank since 1866.